The bone featured on Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina’s latest album cover serves to embody what remains when we’ve long since left this Earth. In the same way that these parts of us live on when we’re gone, what we create — in Molina’s case it’s music — far surpasses us and carries the departed through time. An exploration of the universality and continuity of art is present on Molina’s seventh studio album, Halo, out early next month. Last month we heard lead single “Cosoco,” Molina’s first bit of new music since her acclaimed 2013 album Wed 21. Now, the album’s third track, “Lentísimo Halo,” gets the video treatment in the form of an epic five-and-a-half-minute “short film.” Directed by Mariano Ramis, the video was made with a “frame-by-frame animation technique (involving an inkjet printer, laser film paper and soy sauce).” The result is a grainy and gripping experience — bouncing in black and white like a classic movie but harnessing more haunting characteristics than simple nostalgia. Molina continues down an experimental path with this release, and “Lentísimo Halo” is a salient, slowed-down song that finds eery croons stacked against foreboding instrumentation. Watch the video below.
Halo is out 5/5 on Crammed Discs.